AR-News: Should You Get That Doggie in the Window?

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Tue Nov 25 11:27:01 EST 2003

What Prospective Pet Owners Should Consider Before Taking in a New Friend

By Bryan Robinson

Nov. 25— Maybe it's their big eyes and cuddly fur coat. Maybe it's their 
eagerness to please or the desperation behind a voice you hear through telepathy 
as it begs, "Take me home."  
Pets are popular gifts, especially around the holidays. But often, pet owners 
or gift buyers are unaware of the difficulties and intense commitment 
involved in raising new companions. 
Experts say the following factors should be considered before you adopt or 
buy a dog or a cat for yourself or someone else. If not, the furry new member of 
the family on Christmas could wind up homeless by the following Thanksgiving. 
   Be prepared for a commitment that will last the animal's lifetime. Pets 
may live as long as 15 or 20 years and prospective pet owners should be prepared 
to provide food, shelter, health care and all the other essentials every day 
for the rest of the animal's life.

Velma, an adult fox terrier rescued from an animal shelter in Tennessee, 
needs a good home. For more information, contact the North Shore Animal League at 
the number below. (Bryan Robinson/ 

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You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can 
do nothing for them, or to them."  (Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990)
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